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Marcus Brauer

25 Wheatstone Heights

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 4E1

06 September, 2013

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT –

SYSTEMIC DENIAL OF HOME EQUITY ASSISTANCE TO MILITARY FAMILIES

Reference: A. Findings of the Chief of Defence Staff Grievance at http://www.cfgb-cgfc.gc.ca/cs-sc/2011-025-eng.html

B. DND ATIP # A-2010-00699 at https://healoss.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/ati-a-2010-006991.pdf

C. Military Grievances External Review Committee (MGERC) publication “Perspectives” at http://www.cfgb-cgfc.gc.ca/pub/perspectives/201105-eng.html

D. Canadian Forces Grievance Board 2012 Annual Report at http://www.cfgb-cgfc.gc.ca/english/Reports_AR_2012_4.html#section4_2

E. HEA discussion at https://healoss.wordpress.com/

F. Fundraising site at http://www.gofundme.com/Home-Equity-Assistance

I am humbly requesting your support in an ongoing battle (reference A) affecting military families. One component of the relocation program (reference B) offers equity protection if members are relocated from a “depressed market” and the housing market in their community declines by 20% or more.                 While the CF supported applications, the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) dismissed all applications between 2007-2010. Some of the TBS rationale for denying entitlements included:

“based on an email notification provided by a staff officer at TB in May 2009 to the effect that there are no “depressed markets” in Canada” (reference C);

given other more pressing priorities and TBS conviction that there simply isn’t a big enough problem to justify a submission for a policy change.” (reference C); and

TBS used a study based on a sample size of 9 military relocations in metro Edmonton in 2008 to assess area housing market conditions. This was used to systemically deny depressed market conditions in Bon Accord (40 km away) during 2010.

We have exhausted the redress of grievance system, and are now, at great personal cost, funding a Judicial Review as recommended by the CDS.

I am one of these soldiers. Our family lost $73,000 out of pocket over three years ago. The secondary costs are now over $250,000. It has cost me my career, my health and my family (reference E). I was denied all sources of military assistance, and I use social assistance to support my family of seven. Our family has sold the majority of assets to make ends meet. After going to war and serving 24 years in the Canadian Forces, I would not expect that the most difficult fight of my career would be such a blatant and obvious oversight.

I am requesting donations in order to support the Soldiers’ Justice Fund (reference F) which was created to assist with the cost of the Judicial Review. Donations may be made publicly, or anonymously. Thank you very much for your consideration in this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information or clarification.

Respectfully,

Marcus Brauer,(Major) CD. CHE. B.Sc., MHA

(902) 466-4339

i_win(at)live.ca

Written by Major Marcus Brauer

September 6, 2013 at 21:11

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